Arts organizations are urging the new administration to include artists and the arts in its economic plans. Some good points here, including from US Representative from Rochester, Louise Slaughter.
Arts groups said that they would seek to drive home the idea that culture is an economic engine. “Arts jobs are jobs,” said Marc A. Scorca, president and chief executive of Opera America. “We see opera companies cutting health care, administrative staff — these people are taxpayers and rent payers and mortgage payers, just like every other employee.”